The word “trouble” can have a negative connotation – being in trouble, causing trouble, being troubled. I have certainly been troubled living through the past four years of American politics. Being troubled has a relationship to being conscious of your surroundings and environment and sensing what’s wrong.
The word “trouble” also has a relationship to stirring up or uncovering, however. The traditional Black spiritual “Wade in the Water” talks of how God is going to “trouble the waters” – to stir them up, and make them ready. The late Senator John Lewis talked about getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” – taking a stand for your convictions and what’s right.
As one way to let good trouble guide me, all proceeds from this album will go to fund the efforts of several organizations whose mission is to empower and bring about a shift in equitable access to electronic music.
AFRORACK™: A Chicago-based audio arts organization with a goal of helping the community develop and thrive through technology resources.
Underground Music Academy: a Detroit based hub, which aims to build the future leaders of independent electronic music.
North Coast Modular Collective: a Southeast Michigan-based non-profit, working to increase the skill, knowledge, and accessibility of electronic music artistry through the development of music, instruments, and community.
Music is one of the ways in which I personally frame and order the world. I hope supporting these organizations, through funds raised by this release, can make a difference in bringing that experience to others as well.
releases April 2, 2021
All tracks composed by Bill Van Loo.
Mixing & mastering by Mogi Grumbles